Austin, Texas – Water Lilies

The summer is almost over and here is a nice summery shot of 2 beautiful water lilies.  They are one of my favorite flowers!  These are from our local Zilker Botanical Garden here is Austin.  I visit here just to take these shots.  The little pond is right by the entrance.  They are just so pleasing to the eye!!   Especially when the sun hits them right.  The center looks like its on fire!  Hope you had a great summer!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 102.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:   1/250 second
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4
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    Las Vegas, Nevada – Bellagio (HDR)

    One of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas is the Bellagio.   This shot was form early AM one morning while all the party people were sleeping.  It was only me and the Garden Caretakers.  They were working hard on exchanging flowers…keeping them fresh and beautiful.  This little garden is located right next to the reception and through each season, they have different exhibits.  Very lovely!

    Some info from the web: Brilliance abounds inside our breathtaking Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The attention to detail is astounding. The passionate display of nature in all its awe-evoking glory – quite simply, sensational! Let your imagination wander as you assume a leisurely stroll amongst rare natural finds selected distinctively for Bellagio from all over the world.

    Admire the essence of every season recreated with exceptionally gorgeous plants, flowers and trees thoughtfully arranged to inspire full splendor. Specially designed lighting spotlights every flower to accentuate its best features. To ensure the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens maintains magnificence 365 days a year, 140 expert horticulturists theatrically arrange gazebos, bridges, ponds, and water features uniquely for each season. Treat yourself to this unrivaled attraction’s ever changing personality for the Holidays, Chinese New Year, spring, summer, and fall!

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 24.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro
  • Tokyo, Japan – Cherry Blossoms

    I was in Japan last week and had a free morning on Saturday before my flight left to take some photos.  I was staying in Tokyo and was happy to get a chance to see the Cherry Blossoms just starting to bloom!   It is a magical time in Japan.  The next 2 weeks in Tokyo will be amazing!  If you ever get a chance to visit this time of year…it is indeed special!    This tree was going strong!  A few others were not as far along as this one.   There was a nice crowd around this particular tree as you can see how beautiful it was!  I added a little diffuse glow to the photo to soften the look a bit.   I have an HDR from here as well…will post it soon!   Spring has arrived!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 19.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  1/80 second
    • Aperture:  f/16.0
    • Gear:  Hand Held
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza

    Athens, Greece – Parthenon

    While in Greece a bit ago…we traveled up to the Acropolis and my dream was to see the Parthenon.  I have posted about this in the past…I was saddened by the fact it was under a ten year refurbishing project.  Does 10 year really mean 10 years or will it take more time to refurbish this wonder of the world?  Hmmm.   At this time I could only find a few angles to shoot from as there was scaffolding all around the structure.    So what is a photographer to do when his subject is lacking?  Look around!  Just behind the Parthenon was this pile of columns possibly under construction?   I enjoyed seeing these red flowers surround them…a nice contrast.   A favorite photo of mine from the trip!   We will get back there again…but not until the Parthenon is ready!

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 26.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:   1/320 sec
    • Aperture:  f/9
    • Gear:  Hand Held
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4